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GB: Gambling Commission updates FAQs and provides more clarity over grey markets issue

Today (8 April), the Gambling Commission published an updated version of its FAQs, providing updated guidance to the industry in relation to a variety of questions that both we, and the industry generally, have been asking....more

GB: Gambling Commission publishes first tranche of responses to licensing conditions consultation

Following last year’s consultation, the Gambling Commission has published the first of three documents setting out the responses to the consultation and the Commission’s consequential position....more

Nevada Gaming Commission Approves Prepaid Cards

At its meeting on February 20, 2014, the Nevada Gaming Commission adopted amendments to NGC Regulation 1–Issuance of Regulations: Construction; Definition–and NGC Regulation 14–Manufacturers, Distributors, Operators of...more

Belgium: Gaming Commission takes aim at players

Since the amendment in 2010 of the Belgian Gaming Act of 7 May 1999, effective as from 2011, both operators of illegal games of chance (article 4 §1 of the Act) and the natural persons playing these games (article 4 §2 of the...more

GB: POC Bill – new FAQs issued by the Commission as the Bill reaches its final stages of the Parliamentary process

The Gambling (Licencing and Advertising) Bill (“Bill“) receives its Third Reading in the House of Lords, the upper chamber of the British Parliament today. It has always been envisaged that following the Third Reading, the...more

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Awards Sole Slot License to Penn in Plainville

During the last week of February, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission discussed the three final applications vying for the sole Category 2 slots-parlor license available in the Commonwealth and awarded the sole slot-parlor...more

GB: Gambling Commission publishes updated guidance on POC licensing process

Read the Gambling Commission’s updated guidance for those preparing for the new regulatory regime in Great Britain....more

GB: Final form licence application forms and guidance published

The Gambling Commission has published the new application forms and associate guidance. Any operator or supplier required to obtain a licence will need to complete these forms and should be familiarising themselves with the...more

Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation Releases Request for Pre-Qualification

When the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) announced its plans to modernize gaming in Ontario on March 12, 2012, one of the most controversial aspects of its plan was the development of a casino in the Greater...more

Germany: Gaming Machine Industry affirms its commitment to fight against German gambling regulations

At the International Trade Fair for Amusement and Vending Machines Sportbetting and Sportsgaming (IMA) held between 14 – 17 January 2014 in Düsseldorf the gaming machine industry represented by the Association of the German...more

Gaming Legal News -December 2013 • Volume 6, Number 28

In This Issue: - BILL AMENDMENT OF THE GAMBLING ACT PASSED SECOND TEST SUCCESSFULLY by Nadya Hambach and Parvan Rusinov (Velchev & Co.): On December 12th, a Bill amending and liberalizing the Gambling Act...more

Detroit Casinos’ October Revenues Decrease from Same Month Last Year

The Michigan Gaming Control Board (“MGCB”) released the revenue and wagering tax data for October 2013 for the three Detroit, Michigan, commercial casinos. The three Detroit commercial casinos posted a collective 4.2%...more

DLA Piper at European Responsible Gaming Day

On November 28, a round table on the role of the European Union in online gambling was organized by the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) during the sixth Responsible Gaming Day in Brussels. Patrick Van...more

Poland: Proposals to allow monopoly to offer online games

Pursuant to the Gambling Law dated 19 November 2009 (“Law”), the Polish government grants monopoly rights over number games, cash lotteries and telebingo. However, the Law does not specifically refer to the internet and the...more

Detroit Casinos’ September Revenues Decrease From Same Month Last Year

The Michigan Gaming Control Board (“MGCB”) released the revenue and wagering tax data for September 2013 for the three Detroit, Michigan commercial casinos. The three Detroit commercial casinos posted a collective 6.8%...more

Playing Their Cards Right: Only Eight Applicants Remain in the Hunt for Three Gaming Licenses

Sterling Suffolk Racecourse, LLC (“Sterling Suffolk”), Wynn MA, LLC (“Wynn”), and Crossroads Massachusetts, LLC (“Crossroads”) are the three applicants competing for one resort casino license in Eastern Massachusetts. All...more

Belgium: Gaming Commission pleads for access to State Register

Patrick Van Eecke and Antoon Dierick (both DLA Piper Brussels) comment on the Belgian Gaming Commission’s announcement in today’s newspapers that it should be granted access to the State Register in order to fight against...more

Gaming Legal News - October 2013 • Volume 6, Number 23

In This Issue: - WAR GAMES IN WISCONSIN (2013 STYLE): Wisconsin is home to 11 recognized Indian tribes. It is a fact that 11 tribes will not unanimously agree on all issues. It also is a fact that not all issues...more

Australia: Venue design is not child’s play

New guidelines have been issued for the approval of Victorian gaming venues which relate to the location and design of children’s play areas. Many clubs and hotels which operate as gaming venues, also offer dining,...more

Great Britain: Gambling Commission publishes a summary of the pending changes in remote gambling regulation

The British Gambling Commission continues its preparation for the pending point-of-consumption regulatory regime and has today published a useful summary of how these changes will impact the industry....more

Proposed amendments to Gambling Commission licence conditions and codes of practice

The Gambling Commission is planning to introduce new and amended licence conditions and codes of practice (LCCP) during 2014, in anticipation of the implementation of the proposed UK point of consumption regime. All operators...more

UK: Gambling Commission publishes betting integrity decisions making framework

The Gambling Commission has published its Betting Integrity decisions making framework. This outlines the Commission’s practices and decision making procedure when betting integrity issues arise, from when the Commission...more

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Continues Busy Fall Schedule As Application Deadlines Loom

Region C Contenders Have Lingering Process Questions. The Commission held its 77th open public meeting on September 19. Highlights from the meeting included a discussion regarding Region C. Karen Wells, the...more

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Approves Two Applicants to Advance to the Next Stage of the Process

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has had a flurry of adjudicatory hearings in September and October as it progresses in the licensee vetting process. Commission Approves Suitability of Penn National - On...more

Sweden: The Swedish Gambling Authority takes action against links to foreign based online gambling operators

The Swedish Gambling Authority has issued injunctions under the penalty of a fine of SEK 45,000 per day against the Swedish newspapers Aftonbladet and Expressen, claiming that the newspapers’ links to foreign based gambling...more

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